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The Musical ExperienceRethinking Music Teaching and Learning$
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Janet R. Barrett and Peter R. Webster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363032.001.0001

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Escaping versus Confronting Reality

Escaping versus Confronting Reality

Politics and Music Education in an Age of Entertainment

(p.25) 3 Escaping versus Confronting Reality
The Musical Experience

Paul Woodford

Oxford University Press

There has been a renewed interest of late among Western music educators in promoting democratic ideas and practices in school, university, and community music programs. Yet the concept of democracy as it applies to music and music education remains ill-defined. This chapter outlines two differing, and often conflicting, conceptions of democracy and their implications for music education. The bulk of the chapter argues that a democratic purpose for music education implies that students should be helped to identify and critically examine the musical or other ideologies and political forces in their world that would shape their understandings of music and its power in their lives. This type of music education requires that students learn fundamental democratic principles while also being introduced to the most controversial problems or issues of the day in which music and music education are implicated.

Keywords:   democratic ideas, democratic practices, school, controversial problems, democracy, music education

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